TEAMS from around the state converged on the River Derwent at the weekend for round one of the Tasmanian Trout Classics Series.
Heavy rain from a big southerly front threatened to disrupt the perfect fishing conditions in the Zipbaits Tasmania Derwent River Classic, and the resulting inflows made it very tough for most teams.
The Derwent was set to produce the goods, with snowfalls two weeks ago timed perfectly to fire up the system.
Early on Saturday, before too much dirty fresh water had entered from tributaries, some very nice fish were taken. As the day progressed it slowed for some teams, while others found fish late on the bottom half of the outgoing tide.
At the end of the day it was last year’s Team of the Year champion, Team Burns Living Dead, holding a very handy buffer over the rest of the field.
Sitting in second was Warmisham 1, followed by E.J. Todd and local team Searing Tackle.
While the rain eased during the first day, it was always going to be a tough day two after the considerable rainfall on Friday and Saturday mornings.
Both the Lachlan and Molesworth inflows were running very hard and dirty, and much of the dirty water had entered from these streams.
It did prove tough, and a three-fish bag from Pat Sullivan and Leigh McKenzie topped day two for Team Sportsfishtasmania.com/ Atomic.
Half the field scored the dreaded doughnut, and if you found fish it was enough to at least hold if not lift your position.
Day one leaders Martin Exel and Laurie Harrison found two fish and, with their comfortable lead, it was more than enough to hold out for the first-up win and the Zipbaits prize pack.
First-time entrants Peter Reid and Peter Glowacki caught one nice fish and held out for second and the Tonic Eyewear Polariods.
Jumping to third with two superb sea-runners were Tony Robertson and Martyn Evans for Searing Tackle, winning the Cranka Lures prize.
Taking out the $400 BK custom rod for longest fish was Martyn Evans with a 57cm sea-run brown.
Burns Living Dead (Laurie Harrison, Martin Exel), 560cm, 1;
Warmisham Lures 1 (Peter Reid, Peter Glowacki), 383cm, 2; Searing
Tackle (Tony Robertson, Martyn Evans), 315cm, 3.